Generations, or: Learnings

Poetry Partners #154

‘Generations’, a poem by Cassa Bassa of ‘Flicker of Thoughts’

The children left home for the city neon lights
Faces filled with endless enthusiasm
Brushed off sandburs that caught on their jeans
Covered tree scratched wrists with tailored shirts
The bell birds by the river sang their farewell
They never looked back to see your outstretching arms
The silvery grey city edge is where the elders rise early
To wait for the youth to come home

A ‘Golden Drill’ by ben Alexander of โ€˜The Skepticโ€™s Kaddishโ€™

 All those FACES behind me
Old pupils FILLED with learning
I don't look back WITH regret into the past
It's an ENDLESS rabbit hole
I've lost all my ENTHUSIASM for the other side
  • Selected line: โ€œFaces filled with endless enthusiasmโ€ from Cassaโ€™s poem โ€˜Generationsโ€™

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When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

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16 thoughts on “Generations, or: Learnings”

  1. The saying is “You can never go home again” but there is always another side to the coin. I love the perspective of the first poem where home awaits the return… The Golden Drill is enchanting and the thought of leaving youth behind is conveyed as a world weary adult – well done!!

  2. Love your poems Cassa and David!
    Never look back unless we have to make sense of the wounds that got us there which we inevitably have to do unless we can put blinders on!

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